On being a brother (sister) to each other…
It’s 10:03pm, just got back from an hour swim in the beach with some brothers. As I walk on the shoreline towards the deep waters my son Mike, 7yo and John, 12yo starts holding each other’s hands. It’s actually my son who got a hold of John’s t-shirt and and John immediately put his hand on Mike’s shoulder as they walk behind my back with a waterproof flashlight.
“See, he is your younger brother.” I said to John. For the past week I have been helping John and his older brother Clifford to start treating each other as brothers. They normally fight bullying each other and sometimes my son will be included and made them cry.
As I said the very word “See, he is your younger brother” it dawned on me “how come when we Christians call each other ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ yet live far from each other?” You know, “you’re my brothers and sisters yet let me live my life alone so please let me live a bit further from you. Anyhow, it be good to see you once a week. That’s good enough to be family.”
How come we want to be family yet doesn’t want other people to be involve in our lives? Honestly, I advocate living next door to each other, “from house to house,” “together.”
Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren dwell together in unity.”
We learn more to become family to each other when we live close enough to each other, yes, literally.